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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' voted readers' Book of the Year

The best-selling steamy sensation 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' has been voted Book of the Year by the public.

The steamy books are due to be filmed as part of a film deal Credit: Press Association

The novel, by EL James, is the first of a trilogy of saucy tales dubbed "mummy porn". It fast became a literary phenomenon, selling more than six million copies to become the best-selling book of all time in the UK.

It won more than three quarters of the votes after the public were asked to cast a ballot for their favourite read as part of this year's Specsavers National Book Awards.

E L James during a book signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly earlier this year Credit: Press Association

Thank you so much for this wonderful award. I am truly honoured. I have to thank the readers and the retailers for making Fifty Shades of Grey the success it has become. It's really quite overwhelming."

– E L James
  • The trilogy, about a sado-masochistic relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey, has been a publishing sensation
  • Rights to the books have been sold around the world and the trilogy is being published in languages including Albanian, Chinese, Russian, Serbian and Vietnamese
  • All three books are due to be filmed as part of a movie deal